Thursday, May 31, 2012

Planning to Pack

The days are counting down before Tony and I leave for Israel. While I wish I could bring along my entire writing desk, I limit my travel case to just a few essentials. I remember my last trip, my travel address book just seemed so fat. When you're trying to keep your luggage under 50 pounds every little bit counts. Last time I was in Palo Alto, I visited Village Stationers on California Avenue. I found a little sliver of an address book- just what I was looking for!
It literally fits inside my other address book.
I could not have imagined another more perfect. 
Though I did have to be careful because the lines are so tiny, it all worked out while transferring my addresses over. 
Do you have any travel letter writing essentials?
all photos by Margaret Haas.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Required Reading No. 4

The newest edition of Los Angeles magazine just arrived at our house. It is my favorite issue that comes out once a year- cheap eats! We have found some of our favorite restaurants because of these features.
There is a handy guide so you can quickly scan for what kind of food you're currently craving.
Tons of pictures of choice dishes.
And even a special section showcasing little known deals. $1 oysters? I'm in!
There's a two page spread on the best pizza places. I can't wait to try them!
If you want to read the whole article, this issue is currently on newsstands. I am already looking forward to returning home from my trip to try out all these new to me places.
All photos by Margaret Haas

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sent with love No. 10

I picked up these vintage Santa Cruz postcards from the paper fair and was planning on sending them, but now I think instead I'm going to incorporate them into our wedding somehow.
If you're familiar with Natural Bridges, you know that the bridge has weathered away by now so I was pleased to find this photographic postcard showing it in it's hey day. I do want to include these into our wedding weekend but have not figured out how to yet.
I picked up these lulu dee cards, aren't they great? Laura really knows how to pair colors.
Yoko went to Japan to visit her sister and brought me back these stationery treats. An onion skin stationery set, typewriter sticky notes, and a rubber stamp that looks like washi tape. Treasures! I love everything, thanks so much Yoko :)
Some incoming mail I go this month.
And some outgoing mail I sent last week.
I gifted myself this new Homako necklace. Fabric jewels, what a genius idea. I had a hard time deciding on what color to get. I chose blue since I wear so much pink, but now I'm thinking I need the pink one as well.
all photos by Margaret Haas.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial day sale

Surprise! We are having a flash sale in our shop. All the advertised sales around me have motivated me to shop this weekend, how about you? I am in the market for a new camera. 
Enter "click" at checkout to get 30% off your entire purchase, including custom stamps. This sale lasts from today until Monday at midnight. Have a great memorial day weekend.

Vintage paper fair part 2

Another great find from the vintage paper fair, a "self help" book on how to write letters.  This was published in 1950, can you tell? 
I am really curious to see if you can still order tickets via the post.
When's the last time you attended a sewing group?
I've been inspired to write some friendly letters of my own. 
Published by Noble and Noble, copyright 1950.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Calligraphy inks

For those who don't know, I run the pen pal club at ReForm School- which is an independent shop full of local artists + makers in Silver Lake. Tootie and Billie are the women behind ReForm School and they are close friends. The club meets once a month to talk, share what we've received in the mail, and make crafty projects for our pen pals. Tootie and I thought it would be fun to have a calligraphy workshop. She mentioned that she wanted to get some Noodler's ink for the meeting. I had never heard of this ink. We found out that it's carried at Vroman's Fine stationery shop in Pasadena so Monday morning we headed over there. They carry about 20 different colors and have a sample book to look through. I could see why Tootie loves this ink- the labels are so great and each 3oz bottle is filled to the brim.
We decided on two colors, but when I got them home I had some trouble with it.
I thought it was the paper, so I tried an envelope. It looked fine, but as it dried it also bleed out.
The turquoise was better but I was frustrated that I couldn't get the pink to work on any paper. I had never heard of this before, I don't know what I was doing wrong.
I also got some other ink from Blick art stores- this brand Winsor and Newton is more affordable (around $5 a bottle) and comes in about 40 colors.
I enjoy the variations in color you get from this ink, it's just the right thickness.
Save the best for last- I picked up a bottle of J. Herbin ink from Vroman's and it was my favorite. Not only for it's color but because it's smooth and readily flows.
Even though we couldn't figure out what was wrong with the pink ink, everyone had a good time trying out the different nibs and different inks.
If you're interested in ink and pen reviews, check out Ana's blog.
All photos by Margaret Haas.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vintage Paper Fair

I had to beg Tony to take me to the vintage paper fair but he finally gave in. I don't think Katie wanted to go because we were there hours last time. Tony said he'd go for "40 minutes." There's just too much to see. I'm glad he came with me though, he looked as some stalls that I would have never been interested in. He found this vintage map of Los Angeles.
 The front and back is printed.
I think I want it framed for our bedroom but don't know if there is a way to smooth out all the folding lines. Any ideas?? 
I also found this for my friend Erika who loves owls. It's a little info sheet about the release of the owl postage stamps. 
Aren't these great stamps? 
Besides paper goods, some stalls have other collectables. I found this slim tin cigar box. 
I think it will hold my floating labels nicely.  
I really like the illustrations of the astronauts on this envelope. 
One of my favorite things I found was this Monaco postcard book from the early 1900's. 
Each card is separated by a thin piece of tissue paper.
I can't decide if I want to frame these or send them.
all photos by Margaret Haas. 
p.s. I'm looking for guest bloggers, find out more information here

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recent Favorites No. 28

Pinterest is one of the top websites I check every morning when I start up my computer. There's so much to see! I've been researching some places to visit while we are in Israel (I'm still looking for guest bloggers, find out more information herebut neglecting the usual boards I follow. Here are some of my recent favorite finds
This manicure reminds me of rainbow sherbet.

A great website for viewing vintage stationery. 
A pop of color for your desk.
Match your necklace to your dress.
I really want one of these for our wedding but they are not currently making them. I'm crossing my fingers that changes soon.
Cool idea for an invitation.
What a great necklace!
I've become obsessed at looking for floral arrangements. This one is incredible.
True for my November wedding.
All photos from linked sites.
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